Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande

Reviewed by Marcy (Library Staff)

What is really significant when you or a loved one is seriously ill or aging? Gawande examines our medical process and how we have progressed in science and medicine but not in the “sustenance of the soul.” He shares how some have improved nursing homes to include well-being. We need to have shared decision making and hopefully to have answered dire questions before the “Breakpoint Discussion.”

Professionals need to ask questions like “What is most important to you?”, “What is your understanding of the situation and its potential outcomes?” and “How do you want to spend your time if your health worsens?” Geriatric Physicians are declining in number and Gawande feels every GP should have training.

If you have an aging parent or someone seriously ill this is definitely a must-read. It also gives pause for thought about one’s own eventual demise.

Located in Adult Nonfiction (362.175 GAW)

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